January 10, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
George Washington was too pre-occupied with renovating his Mount Vernon country estate. Thomas Jefferson pursued so many hobbies it was unclear which, if any, was his actual vocation. This included the presidency. John Kennedy had so many dalliances with women not named Jackie that his staff actually feared he would die soon and in a very unflattering, compromising position. Dwight “D-Day” Eisenhower became so obsessed with his own golf game that he would actually end staff and cabinet meetings early so he could” knock a few” before the sun went down. George W. Bush began painting portraits in earnest while still occupying the White House and President Obama has always been “love-struck” over the NBA for as long as he can recall.
And now, President-elect Trump tweets.
Boy, does he tweet.
He tweets more often than an NYC taxi-cab driver yells “get outta my way” and faster than you can take the elevator from the ground up to the Trump Tower penthouse suit.
And his range of “tweetable topics’ knows no bounds.
Whether he’s calling Rosie O’Donnell a “fat, no good slob,” Meryl Streep “a hopeless lefty has-been,” or tweeting about the alleged Russian hacking “Time to move on,” the Hamilton play “Not a good play, a bad play,” or weighty policy subjects, “Make America Great Again means not moving jobs to Mexico,” or the promised wall, “We will build the wall and Mexico will pay for it,” he is by far the most (only?) prolific presidential tweeter we’ve ever had.
And he isn’t even sworn in yet.
So, the real question becomes, is all this tweeting a good thing?
Mr. Trump clearly has disdain for, contempt for, even hatred for the so-called mainstream media. He isn’t just convinced that outlets like The Washington Post, The NY Times, the Chicago Tribune, CNN or MSNBC completely get “it” wrong. He is adamant that “they” have it in for him and are and will continue to do everything “they can to smear, sabotage and destroy him, his policy promises and his followers.
That level of paranoia seems to render former presidential-paranoid in-chief Richard M. Nixon simply a guy who from time to time fretted a bit.
On the other hand that holds the presidential tweeting thumb, Mr. Trump faced unrelenting criticism, mocking and historically inaccurate polls from this mainstream media, was “honored” by Newsweek and Time with magazine covers of a close-up of his face with the headline “Loser” on both. And there was that rather inconvenient truth about then-CNN contributor and now-DNC head Donna Brazille cheating by providing the Hillary campaign with debate questions prior to the debate. He was also interrupted by moderators on an average of 4 times as much as his rival Hillary Clinton during the televised debates when he had not yet used up all of his allotted time.
And this isn’t even bringing up the whole Megyn Kelly-Trump grudge match.
But still, despite what his Senior Advisor and communications guru, Kellyanne Conway calls “Mr. Trump’s master tweeting strategies,” many folks from all political stripes remain concerned that all of this tweeting makes for a very chaotic, uncertain and irresponsible approach to governing at the highest level and office in the land.
Which seems to be exactly what the president-elect wants.
For reasons that may still only be known to him, all of this chaos and unpredictability seems to work for him and against his opponents.
And his tweet timing couldn’t come at a more propitious moment in our nation’s media history.
Polls (if you can trust such things) indicate that a vast majority of Americans do not trust the media, believe that as a collective whole “they” are biased and don’t just get facts wrong but actually fabricate and lie to push forward their own political aims and agendas.
How to avoid, evade and do an end-run around all of this perceived bias and unfair treatment?
Tweet. Tweet to your presidential heart’s content.
Of course, the question remains.
Is all of this tweeting a good thing?
One thing does seem to be certain. The president-elect, soon to lose the “elect” tagline, shows no signs of stopping or even slowing down his tweet machine.
Gotta go now, I am getting a text from someone called “the Trumpster.” Seems he wants to weigh-in on this blog. Now that my friends is what we call a “New York minute.”